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IDA Singapore appoints deputy chairman and MD

Zafar Anjum | May 2, 2013
The current IDA CEO, Ronnie Tay, will return to the Administrative Service for another posting in the Public Service, according to a government statement.

Steve Leonard

Steve Leonard, IDA Singapore's new executive deputy chairman

The Singapore government has announced two new appointments at IDA Singapore today.

Steve Leonard has been appointed as executive deputy chairman and Jacqueline Poh as managing director of IDA Singapore, according to a statement by the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA). 

The two will officially assume their new appointments on 10 June 2013.

The current IDA CEO, Ronnie Tay, will return to the Administrative Service for another posting in the Public Service, the government statement clarified. Tay led the IDA since November 2007 and under his leadership, Singapore successfully deployed the Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network to 95 percent of homes as well as businesses, with more than 250,000 fibre broadband subscribers.  

Steve Leonard is an industry veteran with more than 28 years of international experience working in global technology firms. IDA said that he will have executive leadership responsibility for IDA as the new deputy chairman and will focus primarily on industry promotion and development. 

He has been serving on the IDA Board of Directors since 2009, was president of EMC Asia Pacific and Japan for more than six years, and previously served as the senior leader for Symantec software in Asia.  He was also a senior executive of EDS Corporation in both Asia and Europe.

Jacqueline Poh

To assist the deputy chairman, IDA has appointed Jacqueline Poh (picture). She will be seconded from the Administrative Service to take up the new position at IDA, according to the press statement.  

Poh was previously the divisional director, Workplace Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Manpower (MOM). She has also worked at the Ministry of Finance.

" The appointments of an executive deputy chairman and a managing director at IDA, who bring strong private sector and public sector experiences with them, will enable IDA to more strongly drive impactful transformation across a broad range of sectors and issues affecting our economy, society and government," said IDA chairman, Yong Ying-I.


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